When your eyes create more fluid than they can efficiently drain, the pressure inside your eyes increases, and that is the mark of the eye disease glaucoma. Here at Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis, our name says it all. We’re specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of this dangerous condition that may lead to optic nerve damage, vision loss, and even blindness.
Under normal circumstances, your eyes make fluid, circulate it to keep your eyes clean, and then drain that fluid back out. It’s all very simple and goes on behind the scenes without any thought or action necessary on your part. The buildup of fluid, and by extension pressure, does not always produce any obvious signs for you to notice in the first stages. And since early detection is so closely linked to the best outcomes, our St. Charles ophthalmologist urges you to get a yearly examination and screening for glaucoma. If you wait for indications to appear, you run the risk of harm to your eyes or vision loss, both of which are often not reversible. Those symptoms to be alert for include eye pain or redness, halos appearing around light, tunnel vision, and either nausea or vomiting. With a full checkup and tests such as tonometry, which measure your internal eye pressure, our St. Charles ophthalmologist can diagnose you accurately. Treatment varies depending on the severity at the time of detection, among other factors. Topical eyedrops may be sufficient for may patients. They reduce the production of eye fluid. For others, laser treatments are more appropriate. They are designed to improve drainage effectiveness. In more extreme cases, there are advanced surgical options available. Your situation is unique and so are you. Our glaucoma eye care will be tailored to meet your needs and preferences.
Set up an appointment with our St. Charles ophthalmologist for an examination. Contact us right now. Prompt action is your best strategy.